Search for rare B0(s)→μ+μ−μ+μ− decays

The LHCb Collaboration, Matthew Needham, Franz Muheim, Peter Clarke, Yuehong Xie, Stephan Eisenhardt

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A search for the decays B0s→μ+μ−μ+μ− and B0→μ+μ−μ+μ− is performed using data, corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 1.0 fb−1, collected with the LHCb detector in 2011. The number of candidates observed is consistent with the expected background and, assuming phase-space models of the decays, limits on the branching fractions are set: B(B0s→μ+μ−μ+μ−)<1.6 (1.2)×10−8 and B(B0→μ+μ−μ+μ−)<6.6 (5.3)×10−9 at 95% (90%) confidence level. In addition, limits are set in the context of a supersymmetric model which allows for the B0(s) meson to decay into a scalar (S) and pseudoscalar particle (P), where S and P have masses of 2.5 GeV/c2 and 214.3 MeV/c2, respectively, both resonances decay into μ+μ−. The branching fraction limits for these decays are B(B0s→SP)<1.6 (1.2)×10−8 and B(B0→SP)<6.3 (5.1)×10−9 at 95% (90%) confidence level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211801
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Early online date5 Mar 2013
Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2013


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